RISE Placement Assessment

Who must test?

  • Students who have earned a high school equivalency or adult high school diploma and have not met the required scores:
    • GED – all subject test scores 170 or higher (2014 to present)
    • HiSET – all subject test scores 15 or higher and a 4 or higher on the essay (2014 to present)
  • Students who have graduated from a high school outside of the U.S.

RISE Test Information

  • The test is untimed.
  • The test is multiple choice. If you skip a question, you cannot go back to it and it is considered incorrect.
  • Each section takes about an hour to complete.
  • A score of 75 demonstrates mastery.
  • We will provide paper, pencils, a math formula sheet, and a calculator.

RISE Placement Assessment Schedule

RISE Placement Assessment

RISE English

Tier 1

  • Introduction to college reading and writing
  • Identifying main ideas
  • Discovering implied meaning
  • Interpreting bias
  • Analysis through definition
  • Learning across disciplines

Tier 2

  • Exploring comparative elements
  • Informed opinions through causal chains
  • Applied critical analysis
  • Using sources in critical reading and writing


Tier 1

  • Whole numbers
  • Fractions and mixed numbers
  • Decimals
  • Ratios, rates, and proportions
  • Percents
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Real numbers

Tier 2

  • Solving equations
  • Graphing
  • Exponents and polynominals
  • Concepts in statistics

Tier 3

  • Factoring
  • Systems of equations and inequalities
  • Rational expressions
  • Radical expressions and quadratic equations
  • Functions

Calculus I

For placement into MAT 271, Calculus I, please speak with a Student Services staff member.


Accommodations for the RISE placement assessment are available for students with a documented disability. Please see Disability Services to request accommodations

Your Next Steps

  1. Schedule an appointment by calling Andrea Rofail 910.788.6358.
  2. Arrive in A-Building Lobby about five minutes before assessment begins.
  3. Please bring a photo identification to the test session.
  4. Please wear a mask while on campus.
  5. Cell phones are not permitted during the test session.
  6. Test results are usually available immediately after testing.
  7. If you are not feeling well on the day of testing or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please reschedule the test.
  8. Be well-rested and nourished. Take your time and do your best!


Andrea Rofail

Student Services Associate

(910) 788-6363

A-Building, Rm 128-A